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Midnight Movies: Car Crash Double Feature [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Cannonball: Kicks and crashes - interviews with stars David Carradine & Mary Woronov and the legendary Roger Corman
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spots
  • Poster & still galleries
  • Fast Company:
  • Audio commentary with co-writer/director David Cronenberg
  • Inside the character actor's studio - interview with stars William Smith and John Saxon
  • Shooting Cronenberg - interview with director of photography Mark Irwin
  • Poster & still gallery
  • Claudia Jennings bio

Synopsis

Cannonball
Paul Bartel rips off his own Death Race 2000 in this mindless car-crash saga, containing more twisted metal than a bombed-out steel mill. The nominal storyline concerns an illegal auto race from Los Angeles to New York that promises the winner 100,000 dollars. David Carradine is Coy "Cannonball" Buckman, the race leader who drags his girlfriend, Linda (Veronica Hamel), along for the ride. Cade Redman (Bill McKinney) tools around in a loud red Trans Am, while Cannonball's nemesis barrels along in a big, black Plymouth, trying to outsmart Cannonball at every turn and exit ramp. The pile-ups keep building, and the cameos (Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Sylvester Stallone, Joe Dante, Paul Bartel) keep coming, but Cannonball must make it to New York to collect his winnings. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Fast Company
Amidst such formative shockers as Shivers, Rabid and The Brood, writer/director David Cronenberg dashed off this semi-documentary. Fast Company relates the life story of race car champion Lonnie Johnson. The ubiquitous William Smith, veteran of many a low-budget cycle flick, is quite convincing as Johnson. The film does not shirk in its depiction of the principal character's womanizing, which in itself is surprisingly endearing. Cronenberg also offers an indictment against corporate sponsors who tend to squeeze drivers like Johnson dry of all their salability. And, of course, we're offered plenty of breathtaking racing scenes, some of them real, others skillfully reenacted. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • David Carradine
    David Carradine - Cannonball Buckman
  • Bill McKinney
    Bill McKinney - Cade Redman
  • Veronica Hamel
    Veronica Hamel - Linda
  • Robert Carradine
    Robert Carradine - Jim Crandell
  • Belinda Balaski
    Belinda Balaski - Maryann
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